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  • image SM 6/2/14

Reference number

SM 6/2/14


[2] Alternative designs for ground floor 'No1'


Ground floor plan with a flier offering an alternative front to the house


bar scale of 1/7 inch to 1 foot


Bagden House with the Proposed Alterations / No 1, The Earl of Ailesbury,(under the flier) Plan of the Ground Floor of Bagden House / with the Proposed Alterations. Rooms labelled: The / Drawing Room, The / Eating Room, The Library, Hall, Staircase, The Housekeeper's Room, Lord Bruce's / Dressing Room, Water / Closet, Butler, The Servants Hall, Washouse and Landry (sic), privy, privy, Court, Passage to the Offices, The Larder, The Pantry, Kitchen. The Old Parts are teinted with Indian Ink / the New Buildings and Alterations are Shewn / by the red color/ If the End Views are Desired the Chimneys / may be placed at A A and dimensions given. Under the flier are some pencil inscriptions: Fire Place (twice), same Window as front (twice), Door in the Centre (twice) and Approved

Signed and dated

  • 10/6/1795
    John Soane Archt / Lincolns Inn Fields June 10th 1795

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red, black and blue washes with triple ruled and black wash border, pricked for transfer on stout wove paper (485 x 68, flier 142 x 235))


Soane office


The design adds on to the exisiting house a drawing room and eating room at the front and a dressing room and washouse at the back (lefthand side). The flier offers an alternative to the four-column portico and twin windows either side of the door with a design that has two triparte windows and no portico. The pencilled notes ask for the drawing room and eating room doors to be moved to the centre of the walls next to the hall, and additional windows for the side elevations that are to be tripartite as are the front windows (inscribed on the drawing sheet below the flier).



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